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The adventures in time and space of the Doctor, a Time Lord who changes appearance and personality by regenerating when near death, and is joined by companions in battles against aliens and other megalomaniacs.

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Sydney Newman
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Complete series cast summary:
Tom Baker ...  Doctor Who 178 episodes, 1974-1984
William Hartnell ...  Dr. Who / ... 144 episodes, 1963-1984
Jon Pertwee ...  Doctor Who / ... 132 episodes, 1970-1984
Patrick Troughton ...  Dr. Who / ... 131 episodes, 1966-1985
Frazer Hines ...  Jamie / ... 117 episodes, 1966-1985
Nicholas Courtney ...  Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart / ... 109 episodes, 1965-1989
Pat Gorman ...  Guard / ... 104 episodes, 1964-1985
Elisabeth Sladen ...  Sarah Jane Smith 83 episodes, 1973-1984
Jacqueline Hill ...  Barbara Wright / ... 81 episodes, 1963-1980
William Russell ...  Ian Chesterton 78 episodes, 1963-1965
Katy Manning ...  Jo Grant 78 episodes, 1971-1984
John Scott Martin ...  Dalek / ... 76 episodes, 1965-1988
John Levene ...  Sergeant Benton / ... 74 episodes, 1967-1983
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Traveling across time and space, the immortal time-lord known as 'The Doctor' travels across the universe with his many companions and his loyal shape-shifting space-ship: The TARDIS. The Doctor faces many threats across many generations: from The Daleks, The Cybermen and his time-lord adversary The Master to the sinister Davros, creator of The Daleks. Written by Johnny

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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England, UK See more »

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Budget:

£4,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 episodes) | (679 episodes)

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Mono (1963-1987)| Stereo (1988-1989)

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Black and White (1963-1969)| Color (1970-1989)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jon Pertwee left the series in 1974 after five years due to the death of his friend Roger Delgado, the departure of Katy Manning and the stepping down of Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks as producer and script-editor. After his request for a raise was declined, he decided to move on. See more »

Quotes

The Doctor: I never carry weapons. If people see you mean them no harm, they never hurt you. Nine times out of ten.
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Crazy Credits

While several episodes made use of teaser sequences before the opening credits (though only a handful in the show's 26-year history), the 1970 7-part story "The Ambassadors of Death" was unique in that it was an experiment in changing the format of the opening credits that was not repeated. At the start of each chapter, the credits would begin as usual but end right after the title "Doctor Who" appeared (before the episode and writer titles appeared). A brief teaser then followed, followed by the remainder of the opening sequence, as usual. Another story from the same season, "Inferno", also altered the format of the opening credits slightly by showing the episode and writer titles over footage of bubbling lava. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original videotape prints of 1960s-era episodes no longer exist. As a result, all later broadcasts of these episodes (PBS, Sci-Fi Channel, BBC) have used film and kinescope transfers. When these early episodes began to be issued on DVD in the early-2000s, computer technology was used to restore the video look to these episodes. In addition, other restorations and corrections to the original broadcasts were made. (For example, the sound mix is altered to remove background noise and accidental sounds like coughs in the studio, in one episode a boom shadow was digitially removed). These restorations are particularly apparent in the box sets Lost in Time and The Beginning which compile surviving episodes from the early years of the series. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Dæmos Rising (2004) See more »

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Some recommendations for new viewers
4 July 1999 | by Tangent-5See all my reviews

The sheer volume of Doctor Who episodes makes briefly commenting on all aspects of this wonderful show a challenge. However, I can make some recommendations for new viewers.

If the ONLY thing you want from science fiction is special effects, then Doctor Who is not for you. The quality of the effects are often admirable when the shoestring production budget considerations are factored in, but Doctor Who never really equaled the special effects of other shows. What Doctor Who does deliver is keen attention to character, dialogue, and plot. Doctor Who was always something more than its 1963 b&w kid's show origins suggest, and over the years it evolved into a program that could make some very clever, thought-provoking comments and observations while at the same time delivering a fun and suspenseful adventure.

Cliffhangers were what made me a fan from the beginning. Unfortunately, Doctor Who tends to be shown now in movie-style blocks. This dilutes those marvelous cliffhangers. Every episode of the show is about a half-hour, but most stories had at least 4 parts. At the end of each part, the Doctor or one of his many companions faces seemingly absolute, inescapable doom of some kind or another. I was lucky enough to first see Doctor Who on PBS, one half-hour episode per week-night. My friends and I had to wait a whole agonizing day to see the Doctor's clever escape or rescue. I don't know how the UK fans had the patience to wait a week. If you can, you should try to preserve the breaks too in order to get a real sense of the show, even if you just pause a few moments between parts.

One more thing to remember is that the Doctor is enigmatic. We still don't know everything there is to know about this renegade Time Lord. Part of the fun of the show is learning about the complex character and his history. But rest assured, his hearts are always in the right place.

So which episode should you start with? Every fan has a favorite Doctor and episode. I think you can't go wrong with "Remembrance of the Daleks" (1988). The 7th Doctor and Ace are a great team. Or try "City of Death" (1979), a terrific 4th Doctor and Romana story set in Paris. But ask around and check the web; other fans will send you in other directions. That's the most fun thing about discovering this show, there are so many directions to explore.


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